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Recent snow helps, but not enough to dampen drought concerns on the South Plains

Earlier this week, snow fell across different parts of Texas. But, it didn’t do much to help drought conditions in the South Plains region. After a dry 2020, farmers and other agriculturists hope for more precipitation this year. On Wednesday, there was still snow on the ground at the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Center, just north of the Lubbock airport. The South Plains may be known for cotton, but they also grow several other crops at the center for research. Rebekah Pustejovsky is a...

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How to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Lubbock

Editor's note: This post will be updated regularly with where eligible Lubbockites can get a COVID-19 vaccine. Find a map of providers and availability in each Texas county here. Updated 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 Appointments for the City of Lubbock's Health Department COVID-19 vaccine clinics for the week of Jan. 17 have been filled. Information about other vaccination opportunities will be shared here as it becomes available. The clinics will be: Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday...

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Charles Olivier continues his 6-part series on the tango method books, Tango for Musicians, with Eva Wolff and The Bandoneon in Tango. Tune in to find out more!

Charles Olivier continúa su serie de 6 capítulos sobre los libros del método del tango, Tango para músicos, con Eva Wolff y The Bandoneon in Tango. ¡Sintonice para obtener más información!

More demand than supply of COVID-19 vaccines in Lubbock

Jan 7, 2021
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The short line outside of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center looks longer because of social distancing. Some of the first citizens in Lubbock to get the coronavirus vaccine seem to be taking no chances when they’re this close to pandemic relief.

 

Once inside, Lubbock Health Department Director Katherine Wells said people fill out a one-page form. The city is operating on trust with the people currently eligible to be vaccinated- citizens don’t need to bring any documents. 

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From The Texas Tribune:

Health officials in Austin are considering opening a makeshift hospital as its intensive care units fill up. Patients in North Texas are being treated in lobbies or in hallways. And hospitals around Laredo, Abilene and College Station have three or fewer intensive care unit beds open, according to state data.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump protest in Washington.
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From Texas Public Radio: 

Prominent Texas Republicans are criticizing the actions from a mob of pro-Trump extremists at the Capitol Building in D.C.

The attack interrupted proceedings in the House and Senate, as members of Congress were taking up President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory.

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As COVID-19 hospitalizations surge across Texas, other areas are entering restrictions Lubbock has been under for months. 

 

Patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus account for over 15% of all hospitalized patients in 18 of the 22 trauma service regions in Texas, according to the most recent data from Texas Health and Human Services. Sixteen of these regions have been above this mark for a week, which triggers state-mandated reopening roll backs. 

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From KUT: 

Chris Bennett spent much of Tuesday afternoon on the phone trying to find a vaccine provider for his parents and himself.

“I called H-E-B. I called St. David’s. I called Seton. And I called Austin Regional Clinic,” he said.

Each one told him that he and his parents couldn’t get a vaccine from them.

 

Medical marijuana advocates hope for change during Texas Legislature

Jan 5, 2021
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From The Texas Tribune:

Five years after Texas legalized medical marijuana for people with debilitating illnesses, advocates and industry experts say the state’s strict rules, red tape and burdensome barriers to entry have left the program largely inaccessible to those it was intended to help.

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From The Texas Tribune:

Editor’s note: This coverage is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. The article is available for reprint under the terms of Votebeat’s republishing policy.

UT head football coach Tom Herman speaks at a news conference on Oct. 12, 2020.
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This story was originally published on KUT.org. 

The University of Texas announced Saturday morning it has fired its football coach, Tom Herman, and his staff. The move comes just three days removed from a convincing 55-23 win over Colorado in the Alamo Bowl, Herman’s fourth bowl win in a row at Texas.

Join Curtis Peoples as he shares an hour of music remembering and honoring West Texas musicians who passed away in 2020. 

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